All-State football: Kimmie Carson changes his approach, sees results

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE LINEBACKER — Kimmie Carson had 130 tackles and a pair of interceptions to help lead the Cardinals to the Class 5A state title game. Things really started developing for Carson just before the regular season began.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 23, 2012

“That's a really big factor for him in the way he approaches the game,” said Klinck, a former Jenks All-Stater. “It's really satisfying to see a player come along like that. I wanted to try to learn from the mistakes I made coming up and have them not make those mistakes.

“I've tried to keep them humble and let them know that everywhere else in the country there are guys just like you. What sets the really great ones apart are the guys that put in the extra effort, put in the extra work and stay humble.”

It's a lesson Carson took to heart.

“I could've been a pretty good high school player without doing those things but I know at the next level, I'm going to have to do them,” Carson said.

Carson is one of two state players — both on the All-State team — who have committed to New Mexico and coach Bob Davie.

“I'm really looking forward to that,” Carson said. “I've built a great relationship with the coaches there.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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